Self-driving delivery vehicles put into operation in China

Autonomous vehicles are regarded by many as a potential solution to the “last mile” problem in the supply chain and logistics industry.  In the US, a number of consumer goods companies (including grocery giants Kroger and Walmart), are partnering with auto manufacturers and start-ups in an effort to develop a driverless delivery platform.  Similarly in … Read more

Japan allows Level 3 automated vehicles on public roads

Less than six months after being proposed by the National Police Agency, the Japanese Diet has enacted amendments to the Road Traffic Act which will allow Level 3 automated vehicles to be used on public roads.  The amended law will come into effect by May 2020. Level 3 automated vehicles are capable of driving without … Read more

China releases first autonomous vehicle road testing report

Beijing recently issued the “Beijing Autonomous Vehicle Road Testing Report 2018”; the first report on autonomous vehicle road testing in China. The Report releases information and data derived from road tests by 56 cars from eight companies (Baidu, NIO, BAIC BJEV, Daimler, Pony.ai, Tencent, Audi, and Didi Chuxing) in both enclosed areas and open roads … Read more

TOYOTA’S GUARDIAN SYSTEM: A MIDDLE ROAD BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE?

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota made two revelations.  First, it revealed “Guardian”, an automated driving safety system that it has developed in parallel to its autonomous driving system, “Chauffeur”.  Second, it revealed a desire to share this technology with other auto manufacturers. It is not every day that a manufacturer … Read more

Japanese mapping technology provider to acquire US rival

Japanese map platform developer, Dynamic Map Platform Co. (or DMP), announced last month that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Detroit-based rival, Ushr, in a deal reported to be worth up to US$ 200 million. In this short piece, we consider the potential significance of this deal on the high-definition mapping market; a … Read more

CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: IS CHINA READY?

Regulation of autonomous vehicles in China is moving fast. The recent municipal and national road testing rules have laid the foundation for Testing Entities to test their autonomous driving systems in China. We expect to see intensive testing activities in major cities in China in the coming months and more test permits being granted. In … Read more